Chennai Super Kings v Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2012, Chennai April 21, 2012

Chennai leave it late but down Rajasthan

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Chennai Super Kings 147 for 3 (du Plessis 73) beat Rajasthan Royals 146 for 4 (Shah 52, Menaria 36) by seven wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

On another sweltering day, there was another demonstration of how quickly Twenty20 games can turn. With four overs to go, Chennai Super Kings had nine wickets remaining and needed 31 runs - a one-sided game then by Twenty20 standards.

A double-strike from Kevon Cooper in the 17th over made the Chennai dressing room a little anxious, but with MS Dhoni and Dwayne Bravo in the middle, things were still under control. Amit Singh leaked runs in the next over, and when he bowled a legstump freebie with the fine leg up, the game again seemed over.

There were no more boundaries in the game, however, and after Cooper bowled another tight over, Karnataka allrounder Stuart bowled yorker after yorker to bring it down to two off the final delivery. Yet again, though, Dhoni showed his ice-cool temperament, whipping the last ball to deep backward square leg and haring through for the second, easily beating a poor throw from Cooper.

In Rajasthan Royals' previous match, little-known Dishant Yagnik, playing his first game of the season had come out on top against the world's best bowler, Dale Steyn. This time, the unheralded Binny, also playing his first game of the season, nearly pulled it off against the world's best finisher. Binny who hadn't batted in the game and was trusted with only one over before the climactic one, produced one of the best final overs of the season, but was left distraught and on his knees, to be consoled by his captain and state-mate Rahul Dravid.

There were many similarities in the two innings.

Nuwan Kulasekara had earlier produced an outstanding final over, and given away just eight in two death overs to limit Royals to a moderate score. Kulasekara's tactic was to generally bowl full and wide, which the batsmen found hard to slog.

Before Kulasekara, Chennai's spinners had put the skids on the scoring after Royals openers, Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Dravid, had made a bright start. Royals had raced to 32 off four overs before R Ashwin intervened. He had Rahane chipping to mid-off and gave away only four in his first two overs. Then left-arm spinners Shadab Jakati and Ravindra Jadeja gave little away in the middle of the innings.

For the Royals also, it was their spinner who choked the runs after a decent start from Super Kings. Brad Hogg made his international debut nearly 16 years ago, but few - if any - batsmen are able to pick his wrong 'un even now. That variation accounted for S Badrinath, and the guessing game Hogg forced the batsmen to play gave him figures of 4-0-18-1.

Royals' batting had revolved around Owais Shah, a player who is having his first successful season in the IPL. He reached his third half-century of the tournament, but it lacked the fluency and big-hitting of his previous two efforts. Shah's constant shuffling around in the crease, though, brought him reward in the 15th over, as Jadeja fluffed his lines trying to double-guess the batsmen. Two wides for four, and a six over extra cover gave Royals 22 off the over. When Ashok Menaria, Shah's partner for much of the innings, launched Bravo for a six and a four in the 17th, the big onslaught finally seemed on. Kulasekara, though, scuttled Royals' hopes of crossing 150.

The cornerstone of Super Kings' batting was also a half-century from one of their players enjoying his first fruitful IPL season. Faf du Plessis got his third fifty in four matches and moved to within 18 runs of getting the orange cap from Rahane. When he and the IPL's highest run-getter, Suresh Raina, were in the middle, the chase seemed straightforward and the vocal crowd incessantly chanting "CSK, CSK" would hardly have expected the tension-filled finale.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • TheUltimateTruth on April 23, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    @pai11 it is irrelevant who you support. You have no meaningful response for my and @mathewjohn2176's comment that Mumbai is no different from CSK in terms of fielding just one uncapped player in their team. Regarding Delhi and CSK's "national team" players, there is simply no comparison. There are only four sure national team players in the current CSK team -- Dhoni, Raina, Ashwin, and Bravo (and Mike Hussey when he shows up ... but his role in T20I is actually quite debatable). The likes of Jadeja and A.Morkel are not sure bets. (e.g., Albie was actually dropped from SA for the ODI world cup). DD on the other hand have numerous super stars -- Sehwag, KP, Mahela, Ross Taylor, M.Morkel (and David Warner when he shows up). They also have I.Pathan. DD are so stocked up on superstars that sure national team players like Bracewell, Russell, van der Merwe, and Ingram are on the bench. Yet they can't beat a limping Ganguly on a walker. A team of superstars not a winning team make!!

  • venbas on April 23, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    Its no use supporting IPL if team India is going to be beaten even by Bangaladesh in away tournaments. For example the way Rohit Sharma and Munaf Patel are playing and throwing themselves around the field, had they shown even 1% of the same commitment for the national team, then we might not have lost so many matches.

  • pai11 on April 23, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    @MathewsJohn2176: bro just realise the context in which i told it before countering it. my point was a counter to TheUltimateTruth which in fact was a counter to AnkushJangid unless you read all this, you will not realise the proper context...

  • pai11 on April 23, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    @TheUltimateTruth: once again your point does not match up mate.. You have given example of DD playing 6 international caps who are sure to represent their national teams. lets look at CSK then... Dhoni, jadeja, Raina, Ashwin, Bravo, Kulasekara. And A. Morkel & Hussey for sure when they are available... thats definitely 6!! and by the way I dont care if MI loses mate. in fact I will be more than happy. Coz i want the over-hyped teams to lose. (and for your information I support DD mate)

  • on April 23, 2012, 3:00 GMT

    keep on winning gud luck chennai

  • mathewjohn2176 on April 22, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    @pai11 your coment is irrelevant by mentioning about MI playing only 3 foreign players.Look at the local players for mumbai Indians except rayudu all played international matches.Last year Champions league,MI played five foreign players and won !!!! CSK I bet wont even think of that!!!

  • TheUltimateTruth on April 22, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    @pai11 Of course I understand @Ankush Jangid's point. He is technically correct (otherwise I would have said so), but my argument was he is wrong in the spirit of his point. That's the "unfair" part. Many of the CSK players are capped players but that doesn't make them better than many of the uncapped players. As an extreme example if CSK were to play Joginder Sharma and Mumbai were to play Rayudu are you seriously going to tell me that CSK is at an advantage over Mumbai because they are playing a player with international experience in Joginder (i.e., capped player), while Rayudu is uncapped? Regarding Delhi, they played Sehwag, Mahela, KP, Ross Taylor, I.Pathan, and M. Morkel are you telling me this contingent is weaker than CSK's just because Delhi also played a few uncapped players? All I am saying to you and Ankush is don't go by uncapped vs. capped that's a silly comparison. And, not to rub salt on your wounds, Mumbai sucked today and Rayudu was their only uncapped player.

  • pai11 on April 22, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    @TheUltimateTruth: also you might not have observed that MI are playing only 3 foreign players!!!! CSK i bet wont even think of that!!!!!!!!

  • pai11 on April 22, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    @The UltilateTruth: your counter against Ankush is wrong. he just meant uncapped players. he is spot on in that observation. and even considering your counter argument, your observation on DD is wrong again!! they played Nagar, Nadeem, negi (uncapped), N.Ojha, A.Agarkar who are not part of international teams.

  • TheUltimateTruth on April 22, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    @Ankush Jangid -- the "international team" comment is an unfair one. Many of the CSK players such as Faf, Badri, Vijay, Saha, Morkel, Bollinger, and of course Jakati, and to some extent even Jadeja are not regularly in their respective countries' international T20 teams. A bunch of have beens and wannabes don't make an international team. Only Dhoni, Raina, Ashwin, and Bravo are the regulars -- compare that to Delhi or Mumbai teams for example. In fact, I just saw the teams announced for today's Mumbai-Punjab game and in the Mumbai team there is only one non-international player, Rayudu. CSK knows how to win with what they got, and that's just a fact. I expect them to be very competitive again this year.

  • TheUltimateTruth on April 23, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    @pai11 it is irrelevant who you support. You have no meaningful response for my and @mathewjohn2176's comment that Mumbai is no different from CSK in terms of fielding just one uncapped player in their team. Regarding Delhi and CSK's "national team" players, there is simply no comparison. There are only four sure national team players in the current CSK team -- Dhoni, Raina, Ashwin, and Bravo (and Mike Hussey when he shows up ... but his role in T20I is actually quite debatable). The likes of Jadeja and A.Morkel are not sure bets. (e.g., Albie was actually dropped from SA for the ODI world cup). DD on the other hand have numerous super stars -- Sehwag, KP, Mahela, Ross Taylor, M.Morkel (and David Warner when he shows up). They also have I.Pathan. DD are so stocked up on superstars that sure national team players like Bracewell, Russell, van der Merwe, and Ingram are on the bench. Yet they can't beat a limping Ganguly on a walker. A team of superstars not a winning team make!!

  • venbas on April 23, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    Its no use supporting IPL if team India is going to be beaten even by Bangaladesh in away tournaments. For example the way Rohit Sharma and Munaf Patel are playing and throwing themselves around the field, had they shown even 1% of the same commitment for the national team, then we might not have lost so many matches.

  • pai11 on April 23, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    @MathewsJohn2176: bro just realise the context in which i told it before countering it. my point was a counter to TheUltimateTruth which in fact was a counter to AnkushJangid unless you read all this, you will not realise the proper context...

  • pai11 on April 23, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    @TheUltimateTruth: once again your point does not match up mate.. You have given example of DD playing 6 international caps who are sure to represent their national teams. lets look at CSK then... Dhoni, jadeja, Raina, Ashwin, Bravo, Kulasekara. And A. Morkel & Hussey for sure when they are available... thats definitely 6!! and by the way I dont care if MI loses mate. in fact I will be more than happy. Coz i want the over-hyped teams to lose. (and for your information I support DD mate)

  • on April 23, 2012, 3:00 GMT

    keep on winning gud luck chennai

  • mathewjohn2176 on April 22, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    @pai11 your coment is irrelevant by mentioning about MI playing only 3 foreign players.Look at the local players for mumbai Indians except rayudu all played international matches.Last year Champions league,MI played five foreign players and won !!!! CSK I bet wont even think of that!!!

  • TheUltimateTruth on April 22, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    @pai11 Of course I understand @Ankush Jangid's point. He is technically correct (otherwise I would have said so), but my argument was he is wrong in the spirit of his point. That's the "unfair" part. Many of the CSK players are capped players but that doesn't make them better than many of the uncapped players. As an extreme example if CSK were to play Joginder Sharma and Mumbai were to play Rayudu are you seriously going to tell me that CSK is at an advantage over Mumbai because they are playing a player with international experience in Joginder (i.e., capped player), while Rayudu is uncapped? Regarding Delhi, they played Sehwag, Mahela, KP, Ross Taylor, I.Pathan, and M. Morkel are you telling me this contingent is weaker than CSK's just because Delhi also played a few uncapped players? All I am saying to you and Ankush is don't go by uncapped vs. capped that's a silly comparison. And, not to rub salt on your wounds, Mumbai sucked today and Rayudu was their only uncapped player.

  • pai11 on April 22, 2012, 11:12 GMT

    @TheUltimateTruth: also you might not have observed that MI are playing only 3 foreign players!!!! CSK i bet wont even think of that!!!!!!!!

  • pai11 on April 22, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    @The UltilateTruth: your counter against Ankush is wrong. he just meant uncapped players. he is spot on in that observation. and even considering your counter argument, your observation on DD is wrong again!! they played Nagar, Nadeem, negi (uncapped), N.Ojha, A.Agarkar who are not part of international teams.

  • TheUltimateTruth on April 22, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    @Ankush Jangid -- the "international team" comment is an unfair one. Many of the CSK players such as Faf, Badri, Vijay, Saha, Morkel, Bollinger, and of course Jakati, and to some extent even Jadeja are not regularly in their respective countries' international T20 teams. A bunch of have beens and wannabes don't make an international team. Only Dhoni, Raina, Ashwin, and Bravo are the regulars -- compare that to Delhi or Mumbai teams for example. In fact, I just saw the teams announced for today's Mumbai-Punjab game and in the Mumbai team there is only one non-international player, Rayudu. CSK knows how to win with what they got, and that's just a fact. I expect them to be very competitive again this year.

  • pai11 on April 22, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    i know there is no scope for ifs and buts... but "IF" only the return of Cooper off the last ball was good....

  • Fawmy on April 22, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    I can say only one thing that CSK is defending champion but they not gonna win this IPL 5 title.

  • ElBeeDubya on April 22, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    @Vijay51982: Bravo is a superb fielder, better all-round batsman than Albie (Albie is a superior slogger but Bravo knows how to build an innings and not bad at slogging either) and Bravo can also occasionally generate speed (though he tries too many slower balls.) Albie gets more bounce and consistently bowls faster but when Chennai plays at home, there isn't much speed/bounce on the pitch so the short ball just 'sits comfortable' for the batsman to hit. IOW, Albie is not necessarily a better selection than Bravo. Similarly, Bolly hasn't been consistent and Kula is a better batsman and moves a bit better on the field but, if batsmen go after him, Kula may not be able to do much since he lacks speed. Bolly, OTOH, does have speed and aggression to be 'the enforcer' so it is not very clear which bowler should play. Also, neither Raina nor Jadeja have been consistent bowlers this year. Re. openers, if Faf and Badri are consistent, Hussey can bat lower at 5 or 6 like he does for Aussies.

  • on April 22, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    plz drop badrinath and bring murali vijay.....badrinath is struggling to play the shots......vijay deserves a second chance

  • DINESHCC on April 22, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    Unlike the other editions of IPL, this edition has more last ball wins.

  • on April 22, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    Why is goswami even playing and @ kulbir singh grewal CSK is not an ideal t20 team,, it is an international team,, tell me name of a player except JAKATI who hasn't played an international match...

  • Vijay51982 on April 22, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    @ElBeeDubya: If Albie & Hussey comes, it is very simple that Bravo & Duggy will be rested. Kula and Albie will share the new ball and Hussey & Faf du Plessis will open the batting. MSD also got ASHWIN, JAKATI, JADEJA, RAINA etc., in the bowling attack. Dhoni already tested Albie & Kula in the match between PWI. So it has been already pre-planned by MSD & Fleming. So think differently. For you kind information, CSK is the only team who never depends on any individual players like others (Pollard, Gayle, Pietersen, Ryder etc.,) Keep in mind before talking about the LION.

  • sachin_vvsfan on April 22, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    SIR Ravinder jadeja played his part in the win by not conceding more than 11 runs per over.

  • on April 22, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    Lot of talk about Hodge not being sent up the order ... I would rather say change the opening combination which is struggling to post a decent score in the first 6 ... I would have Owais Shah and Rahane, the in form batsmen opening so they get most of the opeortunity ... then I would have Dravid followed by Menaria and Hodge ... there is no point in giving Hodge more overs as his role is that of a finishers and thats what he does best .... If RR change the opening then I think they should be able to easily knock over RCB at home in their next outing !!!

  • GSP17 on April 22, 2012, 4:17 GMT

    @Dinesh, Ashwin is the one who got the crucial wkt of rahane not kulasekara.. CSK should include Yo mahesh in place of Saha.. I don't think Saha will get chance to play due to long batting line up... CSK need medium pace bowling all-rounder in playing XI which Yo mahesh can easily fill in...

  • on April 21, 2012, 23:48 GMT

    I agree that RR is getting their batting line up and team composition wrong. The playing XI should read Dravid, Rahane, Menaria, Shah, Hodge or Chandimal, Yagnik, Cooper, Binny, Hogg, Pankaj Singh, Trivedi. If Hodge plays, he should bat at No 3 and replaced by Watson when he becomes available. Not sure why they keep picking Goswami despite him achieving nothing in any IPL.

  • kunderanengineer on April 21, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    I agree with some posters that Hodge should be moved up the order since it's no use if someone as explosive as him is not given a chance to explode. Furthermore there were 2 or 3 doubles given up by RR in the end which should have resulted in singles only if more agile fielders had been fielding in those positions which could have made a difference in the outcome. An unexpectedly strong 20th over from Binny against arguably the best finisher in the game today. Great death over bowling for CSK from Kula though. It's difficult to say whether Kevon Cooper is for real or just a flash in the pan since most of us haven't really seen enough of him yet but he seems to be a natural wicket taker. I hope WI selectors are watching the IPL and at least keeping a close eye on this youngster.

  • ElBeeDubya on April 21, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    CSK's bowling has been inconsistent this season but batting (usually) wins T20 games so they have been able to get over .500. I wonder if the mgmt would try bringing back Vijay as a lower order bat since he is a better slogger than Saha. (Without Albie, CSK is one slogger short; Albie has been an important cog since the knowledge that you've got a slogger coming in late allows others to treat every ball on its merit - a major difference between CSK and also-rans in the past.) Vijay seems to be a confidence batsmen but the fear of failures seem to have brought down his confidence. He is playing too carefully at the beginning and then tries to slog against good balls once he realizes that he has to up the run-rate. Not having an experienced bat like Hussey or Hayden at the other end is also not helping him. Albie and Hussey's returns will indeed create a headache since Faf and Kula have done more than enough to be left out. It is a wonderful headache for Fleming and Dhoni.

  • Naikan on April 21, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    I can see a lot of Dravid Fans (from their names) being grumpy about all that transpired and in some cases even literally cursing their idol. So much for their fanmanship! For all the arm chair analysis, one should remember that there is a potential level for each person or team. So if the performance matches that - it is not too bad. For example, some say Hodge should have come earlier (based on his last innings). However his overall career performance, and a long one as that - does not place him far ahead of Menaria. Therefore Dravid is right in his greater objective of seeking to develope the team's Indian youngsters - who otherwise may never get that chance. Also the tournament is a long one - so one would expect that you try out and test your bench strength as much as you can. Finally considering that the Royals are in the top half of the points table in spite of having some of the least glamorous of rated players, I think they are doing pretty well.

  • on April 21, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    A tight contest. Sad that RR actually lost.. RR management should think of sending Hodge atop the order at no.3 so he could be more useful because of his vast T20 experience and ability to change the game..

  • on April 21, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    Kulasekara is the unsung Hero...He is very much underrated bowler in IPL...

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on April 21, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    Menaria and Dravid lost this match for RR. I was shocked to see Menaria come in at the fall of Dravid. What was Dravid thinking by holding back the man in form Hodge and send in the all tangled up Menaria? Give Hodge as many deliveries as you can to bat. Dravid's and Menaria's atrocious batting (62 runs in 10.2 overs) and Dravid's horrendous decision to send in Menaria and hold back Hodge cost RR dearly. Absolutely horrible captaincy and batting by Dravid. Menaria simply has no timing whatsoever. He is all curled up, tangled up and heaving as ungainly as he can and he meets the ball after the ball is past him. From where would he get timing and how would the power be transferred from the bat to the ball? He is all cramped-up for room, curled-up and tangled-up. Dravid should see the obvious instead of blindly backing him just because he is an Indian youngster. Ridiculous captaincy and batting by Dravid and atrocious batting by Menaria. Sick!

  • KoOlAfFaN on April 21, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    i ThinK WalL maKe a MistakE He ShoUlD seNd HodGe uP bUt whEn wiLl Chandimal.SreEsanTh anD TaIt wilL geT a ChancE...

  • on April 21, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    Close match at chepaulk,but CSK pulled out another thriller,MS cool made us home the last ball,kulasekara got the crucial wicket of rahane,ending his consistency and wat can i say abt duplissis,he is simply superb,CSK back to wnning ways,CSKku whistle podu.......

  • on April 21, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    well played chennai what a t 20 team all countries should learn from csk. this is an ideal t 20 team .keep it up msd you are a legend.

  • Sarangarajan on April 21, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    Dhoni is keeping it too close for comfort till the last few deliveries.His obsession to do so may cost him and the team dearly. There was absolutely no reason that they brought the climax till the last delivery. Kulasekara was wonderful in the final overs. It was his bowling that saved at least 15/20 runs for the CSK .It appears that he is an unsung hero in the CSK team.Though CSK has managed to scarp through.

  • rahulcricket007 on April 21, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    INSTEAD OF DROPPING PANKAJ SINGH DRAVID SHOULD HAVE DROPPED AMIT SINGH WHO HAS BEEN EXPENSIVE IN MOST OF THE GAMES .

  • Romenevans on April 21, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    I have no idea what Dravid is thinking? He is wasting Hodge and Cooper down the order, because they get any balls left to play their shots. Dravid takes 30 balls to score his 25 and that Maneria also plays similarly. Hodge needs to open with Rahane and Amit singh should be kicked out as soon as possible. What you doing dravid? you gonna lose fans because of this stubborn behavior and keep on playing Amit Singh.

  • xylo on April 21, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    With Dhoni at the batting crease and two runs to get off the last ball, most people have started to expect him to comfortably make it. Having said that, Rajasthan Royals are looking very good. They seem to be back in their groove and IPL-1 ways with some relatively unknown players punching way above their weight. In a way, they are to the IPL what New Zealand has been to ODI cricket. RR capped a wonderful career for Shane Warne in the first season. My heart backs them to let the unassuming Dravid ride off into the twilight in style!

  • shrastogi on April 21, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    What rubbish CSK your chasing almost undone the work of bowlers & du Plessis. RR were almost 15-20 short of real threatening score and still CSK made a mess of it. RR doesnt have those big ticket players but the way they give hard times to other teams is really commendable. It is one thing to play for your country and other for IPL sides if you are around 40. Today Chennai's heat really tested Brad Hogg in field and some younger player posted there would have not given those 2s. That is why I dont have place for those aged ones in Indian side and I'm not concerned with what other countries do. Chennai's approach was hard to understand as it was zero risk approach even when they had lost just one wicket. If it was a ploy to get Raina in before he plays big shots then even that backfired. They need to really work on their strategy.

  • Vivekaks on April 21, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    Faf is an amazing talent...he is so effortless...and each of his sixes come in the V....speaks volume of the technique...wen huss is back...he can fit in an already strong middle order.... CSK again have a formidable team... abt todays match...they left things a little too late....these things can hurt in bigger matches.... Kula...kudos...he hasnt had a chance to bat yet....waiting for his aussie repeat performance.... CSK...RAISE YOUR HANDS!!!

  • on April 21, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    A little too close for comfort! But, nevertheless, will take it as long as we can win every match! Faf is just brilliant and consistent. Wonder what would happen if Mike Hussey comes back to the CSK Den!!!! How about opening with both Faf and Hussey, sacrificing one of Albie/Bollinger/Bravo/Kula. May be, Faf, Hussey, Bravo and Kula can be the 4 foreigners with Dhoni, Raina, Badri, Jadeja, Ashwin, Jagati and Yo Mahesh. If dougie gets expensive, we can replace him with Ben Hilfenhaus once he comes back. Good to see Chennai back to ascendancy in Points Table. Way to Go CSK!!!!!

  • Vegetarian-Tiger on April 21, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Coooooool Dhoni in such HUMID conditions...

  • on April 21, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Kulasekara simply brillient.Ball 1,3,18,20 overs with a economy of 4.Weldone kule! his last 2 overs did the different. Hodge should come early.Fuf is the batsman of the tounement with Rahane and Gayle

  • on April 21, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    Well deserved win for CSK...

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  • on April 21, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    Well deserved win for CSK...

  • on April 21, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Kulasekara simply brillient.Ball 1,3,18,20 overs with a economy of 4.Weldone kule! his last 2 overs did the different. Hodge should come early.Fuf is the batsman of the tounement with Rahane and Gayle

  • Vegetarian-Tiger on April 21, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    Coooooool Dhoni in such HUMID conditions...

  • on April 21, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    A little too close for comfort! But, nevertheless, will take it as long as we can win every match! Faf is just brilliant and consistent. Wonder what would happen if Mike Hussey comes back to the CSK Den!!!! How about opening with both Faf and Hussey, sacrificing one of Albie/Bollinger/Bravo/Kula. May be, Faf, Hussey, Bravo and Kula can be the 4 foreigners with Dhoni, Raina, Badri, Jadeja, Ashwin, Jagati and Yo Mahesh. If dougie gets expensive, we can replace him with Ben Hilfenhaus once he comes back. Good to see Chennai back to ascendancy in Points Table. Way to Go CSK!!!!!

  • Vivekaks on April 21, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    Faf is an amazing talent...he is so effortless...and each of his sixes come in the V....speaks volume of the technique...wen huss is back...he can fit in an already strong middle order.... CSK again have a formidable team... abt todays match...they left things a little too late....these things can hurt in bigger matches.... Kula...kudos...he hasnt had a chance to bat yet....waiting for his aussie repeat performance.... CSK...RAISE YOUR HANDS!!!

  • shrastogi on April 21, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    What rubbish CSK your chasing almost undone the work of bowlers & du Plessis. RR were almost 15-20 short of real threatening score and still CSK made a mess of it. RR doesnt have those big ticket players but the way they give hard times to other teams is really commendable. It is one thing to play for your country and other for IPL sides if you are around 40. Today Chennai's heat really tested Brad Hogg in field and some younger player posted there would have not given those 2s. That is why I dont have place for those aged ones in Indian side and I'm not concerned with what other countries do. Chennai's approach was hard to understand as it was zero risk approach even when they had lost just one wicket. If it was a ploy to get Raina in before he plays big shots then even that backfired. They need to really work on their strategy.

  • xylo on April 21, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    With Dhoni at the batting crease and two runs to get off the last ball, most people have started to expect him to comfortably make it. Having said that, Rajasthan Royals are looking very good. They seem to be back in their groove and IPL-1 ways with some relatively unknown players punching way above their weight. In a way, they are to the IPL what New Zealand has been to ODI cricket. RR capped a wonderful career for Shane Warne in the first season. My heart backs them to let the unassuming Dravid ride off into the twilight in style!

  • Romenevans on April 21, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    I have no idea what Dravid is thinking? He is wasting Hodge and Cooper down the order, because they get any balls left to play their shots. Dravid takes 30 balls to score his 25 and that Maneria also plays similarly. Hodge needs to open with Rahane and Amit singh should be kicked out as soon as possible. What you doing dravid? you gonna lose fans because of this stubborn behavior and keep on playing Amit Singh.

  • rahulcricket007 on April 21, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    INSTEAD OF DROPPING PANKAJ SINGH DRAVID SHOULD HAVE DROPPED AMIT SINGH WHO HAS BEEN EXPENSIVE IN MOST OF THE GAMES .

  • Sarangarajan on April 21, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    Dhoni is keeping it too close for comfort till the last few deliveries.His obsession to do so may cost him and the team dearly. There was absolutely no reason that they brought the climax till the last delivery. Kulasekara was wonderful in the final overs. It was his bowling that saved at least 15/20 runs for the CSK .It appears that he is an unsung hero in the CSK team.Though CSK has managed to scarp through.